Cyberbullying victims are more often female. And the disparity in cyberbully rates due to gender is significant.
Cyberbullying Victims – Risk Factors
According to a recently published article, “How Dangerous is Cyberbullying?,” girls are 2.6 times more likely to be cyberbullied than boys.
The article also reports that women are victims of cyber harassment at twice the rate of men, with 53% of women reporting they had previously received unwanted sexually explicit images.
Cyberbullying and cyber harassment involve intimidating or embarrassing a victim through methods such as:
The victim’s personally identifying details are published online.
The victim is impersonated online.
Damaging or embarrassing photos or videos are published online.
Cyberbullying is considered an increasingly significant public health problem.
Victims of cyberbullying may suffer serious negative social, mental, and physical effects as a result—including increased rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide.
Various states have enacted criminal laws prohibiting cyberbullying. Cyberbullying and cyber harassment may also be fought through civil litigation.
An experienced lawyer can help you explore and evaluate your legal options to help stop cyberbullying.